Water of MinnochJuly 27, 2020
Starting from the edge of Sanquhar you will wander along quiet country roads and a winding woodland path alongside a fast flowing burn. You will pass waterfalls, the site of an old castle and a Victorian spring.
You will start at a small car park at the Blackaddie Bridge just outside Sanquhar. It is very simple to get to this walk on either the train or the bus as both stop in Sanquhar not far from the start of this walk.
Leaving the car park you go over the bridge and here there is a junction of three very small country roads. We will go down the road on your left and will return on the road in the middle. You can do the walk either way but I would recommend going up the glen and back down the road. This allows you to admire the views of Sanquhar and the Nith Valley on the way back down.
You will follow this road for a few hundred metres until you get to the bridge over the Euchan Water. There is a footpath sign here pointing you through the small gate and onto a path alongside the water. Very soon you come across the iron rich Euchan Well. The path winds through oak woodland until crossing over the Barr Burn. At the top of the steps on the other side you can see Kemps Castle. This flat topped earthwork is the remains of a medieval castle in a defensive position between the Barr Burn and the Euchan Water.
A short way further up the path you will start to hear the rushing of the Euchan Falls. This waterfall is impressive when the river is in spate. The path here climbs up to the top of the gorge and there is a steep drop to your left. You soon come out onto a small road where you turn right and start to descend back towards Sanquhar. Here you will have a panoramic view over the Nith Valley with Sanquhar nestled in the middle. On the other side of the Valley are the Lowther Hills on the top of which is the Golf Ball of Lowther Hill Radar Station. This road will lead you back to the bridge where you started.
|Start||Sanquhar, Blackaddie Bridge Car Park|
|OS Explorer Maps||328 – Sanquhar and New Cumnock|
|Distance||4.2 km, 2.6 miles|
Sanquhar Railway Station services to Glasgow and Carlisle. Busses stop in Sanquhar from Dumfries and Cumnock.
|Cycling||The riverside path has some steps and steep sections. Care should be taken due to the narrow path, especially when passing walkers.|